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  1. I think we will get much better very quickly by instituting the push-out rule in folkstyle.
  2. Certainly Sadulaev, and I believe the other 2 also are quite a bit younger than JB. It will be interesting to see how much longer JB can remain dominant. As he himself admitted, he's got a lot on his plate, what with fatherhood and marriage and coaching. He's had some serious injuries over the years. I wish him the best. He's a great champion and a fantastic ambassador for our sport, but as they say "time waits for no man."
  3. I don't think it's bashing our athletes as individuals, so much as it is trying to figure out the recipe for international freestyle success. Not every style works well at the world level the way the rules are now. I think the first and last requirement is a really high powered offense: Now, it's guy's like Nick Gwiazdowski; Logan Steiber; James Green; and even, Ian Miller. Not so long ago, it was Stephen Abas and Lincoln McIlreavy. You know, the guys who always could light up the scoreboard like a pinball machine. That's the "it" factor. From what I've seen, the tough guy, grind it out, tactical approach just doesn't work at the top level. The guys they're up against from Russia and Iran and the -Stans can just put up too many points for them to keep up with. Time and time again, we've seen that you just can't head into the last 45-60 seconds of world competition thinking you're going to be able to hold on to a 1 point lead. So, nothing personal, but a guy like T-Ram, I have my doubts about at this level. He's not now, and never has been, slick enough and offensive enough; he's too much of a grinder, etc. My point is, I think we all know deep down inside which guys have what it takes to compete at that level. It's the guy who can put up lots of points. We have them. We've got to do a better job of recognizing them and selecting them.
  4. I have to say, I was surprised and disappointed at how lacking offensively Ramos was today. Seemed to struggle for every point If you can't put up points at this level, you don't have a future, I don't care how tough you are. Ramos doesn't look like the answer to me.
  5. Katie: You sure wouldn't willingly live in the great State of New Jersey? You should be so fortunate. Did you know that according to the US Census Bureau, no less than 3 counties in New Jersey -- Hunterdon, Somerset, and Morris Counties -- rank among the Top 10 wealthiest counties in the US, with another 3 among the Top 25. So, maybe -- just maybe -- all those Wall Street lawyers, and bankers, and entrepreneurs who choose to live there know something you don't about upper middle class living. Sincerely, Governor Chris Christie
  6. I agree with Billyhoyle. I think this was a very strong performance by Team USA. If McKenna makes weight, we finish in the Top 3, easy-peasy, which is by definition, world-class. Added to which, Hall did not look like himself out there all day, even before he lost. I really thought he got out-physicaled in the match he lost. Another year of physical maturation, and it's a different story. Beyond that, I like the skill sets we're developing as a country, thanks to Coach Slay. Here I'm thinking of Lee's par-terre. Usually, that's something that's really lacking in our freestyle repertoire. And I like the fact that a 285 I had never heard of before, and of whom not much was expected by Coach Slay, reading between the lines, takes Bronze. To me that speaks of depth in our program.
  7. I give it 3 years tops before ASU is competing for a national title. Zeke is a proven coach, as good as anyone out there (look at the job he did with the National team), now getting top talent, with all that Cali talent to draw from year in year out. Just a matter of time, IMHO.
  8. I have no axe to grind when it comes to Mark Perry one way or the other. But I do think it's undeniable that he's one of the most promising young coaches out there. I say that because of his ability to recruit and motivate. And probably teaching technique, as well. From the outside looking in, as a guy who's a little older, I would say he could use a little more maturity before an AD at a big-time program will entrust him with the reins, but that will come.
  9. Gwiz is the second coming of Tervel. A real breath of fresh air in the heavy-weight class. Not afraid to get under the big guys, and more importantly can take them down when he does. I simply couldn't believe how he was able to take down Nelson and Coon, two big, big defensive wrestlers, who routinely crush anyone who goes to their legs.
  10. Mayes is an amazing talent. Not sure why he didn't produce this year at nationals. But he's one of those guys who's really exciting to watch.
  11. It did occur to me that both knee injuries in the finals were suffered by tOSU opponents. Coincidence, or enemy action? Undecided.
  12. I don't know when this event was scheduled, but the Hawkeyes being what they are this year, I'm questioning the decision to hold the event in Iowa City. Ref. appears to me to be overly influenced by the crowd. Crowd seems to be exacerbating the bad blood between any teams competing against the Hawkeyes, first Cornell and now Mizzou, (which are both class programs, undeniably), and not in a positive way. Making for an ugly spectacle that does not advance the interests of wrestling. If Cael is taking a moment to think about it, pretty sure he's convinced he made the right decision to stay away.
  13. Watching on BTN this weekend. Heckler from Wisconsin was okay. Heckler from Maryland, destroyed the whole BTN broadcast. Couldn't even listen with his constant interjections. Bottom line -- this isn't fan flavor. Ban these guys.
  14. I-Mar has been exciting to watch since HS, courtesy of Flo. Yes, he looked amazing this weekend, but the #5 ranking is about right as I still don't think he takes any of the top 3 -- Ness, Green, or Miller. In fact, right now, to my mind, he's a poor man's Ian Miller, if only because he's a frosh . . . which is actually a compliment. As far as the sportsmanship issue, from the interviews I've seen, he seems like a humble, well-mannered kid. I think some of the recent bravado we've seen out of him will get knocked out of him in the unforgiving Big-10 grind which humbles just about everybody.
  15. OPRF indeed looks great. Does anybody know, what are the wrestler's college plans? Particularly, Bey and White.
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